February at the Library

Saturday Storytime for Families with Young Children

February 2, 9*, 16 and 23 at 10:30 a.m.

Join us for stories, rhymes, songs and movement activities.

*Yoga Storytime, February 9 at 10:30 a.m.

Kids Yoga Storytime with Ms Sue continues this month at the Library.

Mindful Movement with Ms Sue helps young ones learn the importance of connecting their mind, breath and body. A fun way to discover Your Own Great Adventure (YOGA) with stories and yoga poses. Sponsored by the Friends of the Belding Library.

New Infant/Toddler/Preschool Playgroup

Wednesday 2-3:45 p.m. & Saturdays 11:15-12:15 p.m.

Families and caregivers with infants, toddlers and preschool children are welcome to join our new playgroup in the community room at Belding Library on most Wednesdays from 2–3:45 p.m. and  Saturdays at 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. The playgroup is run by parents and caregivers and the idea is to follow the children’s lead for play, with table toys, dress up, building, and creative materials supplied and available. A light snack on Wednesdays and coffee, tea, and water available both days.  We will change as needs do — so please share your ideas and invite your friends!


Group leaders are Elizabeth and Jennifer. Email for Info: Jennylee.Wildermuth@hotmail.com



Open Book Group Meeting at Belding Library: Monday, February 11, 4–6 p.m.

Book Selection ~ Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time by Andrew Forsthoefel

Contact the library to reserve a copy of the book.

Any questions, interest or suggestions, please email Victoria at vkworth@gmail.com


Valentine Ornament-Making Workshops

Wednesday, February 13, 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Young People’s workshop @ 2:30-3:30 p.m. Ages 6-12

Adults and Teens workshop @ 4-5 p.m.

Ashfield artist and dyer Nicole Romer will lead two felt-ornament-making workshops at the Library. Please come by and see her exquisite samples of the ornaments…and sign up for one of the workshops.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Belding Library.

Library Exhibit: Rustic Clocks

Ashfield rustic-furniture maker Collin Ricketts’ display of his handmade “woodland clocks” will continue into February. He uses native materials that he collects from our local forests.

Seeking Volunteers…

To read stories to toddlers and preschoolers at Saturday morning storytimes.

To deliver library materials to homebound folks who are unable to get to Main Street building.


New Selections at the Library

Youth Fact and Fiction

Breathe Like a Bear: 30 mindful moments for kids for kids to feel calm and focused anytime, anywhere  by Kira Willey

You Are a Lion! And other fun yoga poses by Taeeun Yoo

The Wicked King by Holly Black (Teen Fantasy; Folk of the Air #2)

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee (Sci-fi Fantasy)

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart (Family Adventure )

Bowwow Powwow by Brenda Child (Picture Book)

Chicken Talk by Patricia MacLachlan (Picture Book)

Hush Little Bunny by David Ezra Stein (Picture Book)

Little Owl’s Snow by Divya Srinivasan (Picture Book)

When Sadness is at Your Door by Eva Eland (Picture Book)


Accidental Further Adventures of the 100-year-old Man by Jonas Jonasson (Humor; Sweden)

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen (Suspense)

The Burglar by Thomas Perry (Suspense)

The Current by Tim Johnston (Suspense)

Farewell My Orange by Iwaki Kei (Literary fiction; Japan)

Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley (Mystery; Flavia de Luce #10)

Late in the Day by Tessa Hadley (Family saga)

Lives Laid Away by Stephen Mack Jones (Mystery/Detroit)

Murder at the Queen’s Old Castle by Cora Harrison (Reverend Mother Mystery #6)

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict (Fictional biography of Hedy Lamarr)

New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burke (Dave Robicheaux #22)

The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg (Historical fiction))

Rule of Law by John Lescroart (Legal Suspense/Dismas Hardy #18)

Scrublands by Chris Hammer (Suspense/Australia)

Sugar Run by Mesha Maren (Noir fiction/West Virginia))

The Suspect by Fiona Barton (Psychological suspense; Kate Waters #3)

Tear It Down by Nick Petrie (Suspense; Peter Ash #4)

Weight of a Piano by Chris Cander (Literary saga)

Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden (Fantasy; Winternight Trilogy #3)


Dressing on the Side (and other diet myths debunked) by Jaclyn London

Edge of Anarchy: the railroad barons, the Gilded Age and the greatest labor uprising in America by Jack Kelly

Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: native America from 1890 to the present by David Treuer

Help Me! One woman’s quest to find out if self-help really can change your life by Marianne Power

Inheritance: a memoir of genealogy, paternity and love by Dani Shapiro

In Search of the Canary Tree: the story of a scientist, a cypress and a changing world by Lauren Oakes

Maid: hard work, low pay and a mother’s will to survive by Stephanie Land

Silence: a social history of one of the least understood elements of our lives  by Jane Brox

A Velocity of Being: letters to young readers EDited by Maria Popova & Claudia Bedrick

Women Rowing North: navigating life’s currents and flourishing as we age by Mary Pipher

The World New Made: figurative painting in the twentieth century by Timothy Hyman


The Bookshop (Emily Mortimer & Bill Nighy)

Colette (Keira Knightley; Bio-drama)

The House with the Clock in its Walls (Cate Blanchett & Jack Black)

A Star is Born (Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga; release date: 2/19)

Tea with the Dames (Documentary with Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, Maggie Smith & Joan Plowright)